• Bite The Wax

    Bite The Wax

    If you imagine the phrase ‘Bite The Wax’ as spoken by Armando Iannucci, then your day will be all the better for it. But before we get to that, let’s talk about No’ The Archie Macpherson Show. It’s Wednesday 6th July 1988, and BBC Radio Scotland is about to debut a new youth oriented show…


  • Wither The Young Ones Movie?

    Wither The Young Ones Movie?

    Here’s a great article from the Liverpool Echo, on Saturday 10th December 1983. ‘I want to do more theatre next year. There is an offer of a film, possibly about The Young Ones, but that’s still only an idea at the moment.’ Imagine the trailer, with voice over man growling ‘Once in every lifetime …’…


  • Big-Mouth Billy

    Big-Mouth Billy

    There’s a line on page 73 of Proctology: A Bottom Examination which reads: Rik also made a corporate video in 1988, but his was for John Cleese’s Video Arts production company. Managing Problem People: Behavioral Skills For Leaders was directed by Charles Crichton (who directed A Fish Called Wanda), and was written by Stephen Fry.…



  • It’s Slightly Rippled With A Flat Underside

    It’s Slightly Rippled With A Flat Underside

    I was slightly amazed to learn that the Cadbury’s Boost bar is older than I thought. I had a feeling it was launched in the 1990s, with the famous Vic & Bob advertising campaign. (As an aside, here’s the slightly less famous (possibly forgotten) Gladiators one they did). But in actuality, the Boost was first…

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  • Comedy Is … Based On A Hit Movie

    Comedy Is … Based On A Hit Movie

    I didn’t watch everything the Paramount Comedy Channel offered up or course, most notably the early evening fare. So I never watched the sitcom Clueless. I’ve no idea what it was like. And I only recently watched the movie it was based on too. But it does give me the opportunity to note an interesting…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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